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Sweden: Karras Stenen

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When Ryan Stewart told me about the English translation relating to this stone - my mind immediately raced to something I read about an old sgian-dubh (dagger) displayed in Inveraray Castle in Scotland. The blade of the dagger has a Gaelic inscription which translates as Give me blood for I am thirsty...

Such sentiments leave no ambiguity. And so it is with the translation for the Karras Stenen

"The one who is able to lift the stone is, according to tradition, a real man."

The one who is able to lift the stone is, according to tradition, a real man.

This challenging basalt rock is located in a once-volcanic region of the Allarps Bjar nature preserve.

It's almost a mile walk along a scenic trail to the stone. The stone sits by a wooden signpost and does not appear to be more than 90kg/200lbs when you approach it for the first time. However, it is made from basalt and is very dense. It weighs in at a deceptively challenging 136kg/300lbs.

Ryan Stewart

Nic Whalen

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